OK. I have to give a little love to the most neglected of our three sports and my childhood passion. Did anybody watch the National Championships this weekend? Phellps won his 50th National Championship. Sure he's probably the #2 story behind Ryan Lochte who was just destroying people (and I loved his "I'll make your Bedrock" shirt with a picture of Barney Rubble) but come on folks.................50 NATIONAL CHAMPIONISHIPS????? I'll wager that's better than ANY statistic that can be thrown out for any other Swimmer/Cyclist/Runner in history.
Also, for those watching, how about that line-up for the 200M Back. Lochte/Piersol/Phellps/Grievers/Clary all in the same freaking finals race. I imagine it was quite a thrill for the ladies. There is no sport that "cuts up" a man more perfectly than swimming. I try to remember that when I don't want to do my swim training. :)
I bet 90% of the folks on this site didn't even know this was going on. Of course, if Lance dropped a deuce it would be all over Trifuel. I guess it's because our version of swimming doesn't even look simular to U.S. Swimming AND to be fair I didn't see any post about Bolt loosing to Gay last week either.
Swimmers are wierd folks......no doubt but if you want some PED free (now-a-days) stud endurance athletes that you can look up to, look no further. I'm sure some d-bag will bring up that Phellps was seen smoking pot. Piss off. Between 15-25, boys make some stupid mistakes. It's amazing our species has survived. Fortunately for US, we don't have a camera plastered in our face or else most of us wouldn't have got off much easier. I say be crazy in your youth (in moderation) and don't regret any of it because you won't get that chance ever again.
Back to initial rant that I've made several times. I imagine when they were creating IRONMAN and pondering which athletes are greater (Swimmers/Cyclist/Runners) the swimmer representative must have been the most introverted person in the room by a wide margin. I mean come on, 2+ miles is half an average workout for the competitive 14 year old girl EVERYDAY. A Marathon and Century+ is a ton and I doubt many "die hards" do either individually in a single normal training day.
Let's start a revolution my swimming brethren. We'll call it TITANIUMMAN. The running and cycling stays the same but we add 4 more miles to the swim. Too many folks can finish IRONMANs now-a-days. Let's make the swimming relevant. It'd make for a LONG DAY but would weed out alot more folks and bring back the elite feel of the brand.
If you think I'm 100% serious about this...........you're a knucklehead. Just venting.